Sanj Kharbanda has been named director of sales and marketing at Beacon Press, effective June 5. He has been a member of Beacon's board of advisors since 2014.
He was most recently senior v-p, digital markets, at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, where he worked for 11 years. Earlier he was a bookseller and store manager at WordsWorth Books, Cambridge, Mass.
At the same time, Beacon Press associate publisher Tom Hallock is going to start working part-time so that he can have more time to pursue interests in political and electoral organizing. Hallock will continue as associate publisher and hand over many of his sales and marketing responsibilities to Kharbanda. He will increasingly focus on special projects, including the migration of the press to a new title management system, enhancing the backlist and audio lines, and developing new business opportunities for the press.
Wendy Friedman has been appointed v-p, director of international sales, for the Quarto Group, where she will be responsible for growing English-language international sales around the world. She will join the company in the summer and work from its New York City office. She has more than 30 years of experience in sales, marketing and senior executive roles in publishing and joins Quarto from Parragon, where she was president, CCO Parragon Global. Earlier she was v-p, sales and marketing, at Modern Publishing and at Smithmark Publishing.
Jessica Krakoski has been promoted to v-p, managing director, of Cave Henricks Communications, the public relations firm for books and authors. She joined the company in 2010 as a senior publicist, after working at Simon & Schuster and Basic Books.
Effective June 19, Josh Glickman is joining Scribner as a publicist. He was formerly a publicist at Oxford University Press.